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Polydamas Swallowtail
Battus polydamas
Papilionidae

Description:
Large butterfly measuring up to 4 1/2" in length. The upperside of the wings is black in color with a submarginal yellow band.
Range:
North America, West Indies, Central America, South America
Habitat(s):
Open woods, abandoned fields, and disturbed areas.
Reproduction:
Eggs are laid on the exposed new stems or growing tips of vines.
Food:
Larval host plants include: (Aristolochia littoralis), Dutchman's-pipe (Aristolochia maxima), Marsh's dutchman's-pipe (Aristolochia pentandra), Gaping dutchman's-pipe (Aristolochia ringens), and Virginia-snakeroot (Aristolochia serpentaria).
Comments:
For more information, visit the Florida Museum of Natural History's Florida Wildflowers & Butterflies website and Butterflies and Moths of North America.


 


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Eggs
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Pupa
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Adult laying eggs
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Caterpillar